5 Ways Your Business or Organization Can Help Support Our Troops

by Jayme Nelson

Recently, FASTSIGNS International, Inc. was named a 2016 Department of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award winner (commonly referred to as “The Freedom Award”). The Freedom Award is the highest recognition presented by the Department of Defense to employers for their exemplary support of National Guard and Reserve members.

In the spirit of sharing our passion of gratitude for our military men and women, here are a few ideas on how your company can make an effort to support our troops.

Donate Welcome Home Signs for Local Troops Returning Home

When a service man or woman returns safely home from deployment it is a cause for celebration. Help local families welcome their returning soldier with a special sign or banner that commemorates their homecoming. Ordering and picking up a “welcome home” sign helps build excitement as the day of reuniting draws closer and later can serve as a memento.

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Create Care Packages for Those Deployed

Those who are currently deployed are often far from the comforts and familiarities of home. Consider sending care packages of snacks, toiletries, phone cards, batteries, games and notes to those who are serving on assignment overseas. Small items that we take for granted just might be a needed perk for soldiers deployed far from loved ones. Putting together a care package can be a great team-bonding activity for your business. Check the list of suggested items here: https://supportourtroops.org/care-packages.

Send Signed Banners or Cards to Local Veteran’s Affairs Centers

While no longer active duty, our veterans also deserve our attention and support. Let your local veterans know that you are thinking of them throughout the year and especially during major holidays, with a card or banner. Signed banners are fun for schools, churches and workplaces to sign together and send to local Veteran’s Affairs centers or clinics as tokens of remembrance and appreciation.

Find Opportunities to Volunteer

There are many organizations that provide opportunities to volunteer time for the benefit of those who have served our country. During the month of May, Carry The Load encourages participants to walk in remembrance of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice during their military service. Through the walks, money is raised and the memory of those who have fallen is honored.
 
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For the musically inclined, Bugles Across America organizes and coordinates volunteer buglers to provide live renditions of Taps at the funerals of veterans. Organizations like the United Service Organizations (USO) also need volunteers to fulfill a number of programs and services designed to support deployed service members, military families, transitioning troops and more. 

There are a variety of ways that we can actively support our military men and women. For additional ideas, please visit https://supportourtroops.org.

Resources:
http://www.carrytheload.org/
http://www.buglesacrossamerica.org/
www.uso.org

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